UPDATE: Chicago Tea Party Crowd Confronts CNN Reporter After Hostile Interview
Susan Roesgen is an alleged reporter for alleged news channel CNN.
Roesgen flipped out at the Chicago Tea Party during a live interview with a gentleman attending the rally.
SUSAN ROESGEN: (Reading some of the signs held by protesters) Uh, let's see... 'Drop the taxes,' 'Drop socialism.' OK. Let's see. You're here with your two-year-old and you're already in debt. Why are you here today, sir?
MAN: Because I hear a president say that he believed in what Lincoln stood for. Lincoln's primary thing was he believed that people had the right to liberty, and had the right...
ROESGEN: Sir, what does this have to do with taxes? What does this have to do with your taxes? Do you realize that you're eligible for a $400 credit...?
MAN: Let me finish my point. Lincoln, Lincoln believed that people had the right to share in the fruits of their own labor and that government should not take it. And we have clearly gotten to that point.
ROESGEN: Wait, wait... Did you know that the state of Lincoln gets $50 billion out of the stimulus? That's $50 billion for this state, sir.
MAN: Ma'am, ma'am, ma'am, I...I...I...
TVNewser reports that Roesgen wrapped up the interview "over shouts of, 'You're not a reporter.'"
MAN #2: Sir, sir, sir...
MAN: Can you stop this, sir? Hold on, hold on.
ROESGEN: OK, well, Kyra, we'll move on over here. I think you get the general tenor of this. Uh, it's anti-government, anti-CNN, since this is highly promoted by the Right-wing conservative network, FOX. And since I can't really hear much more, and I think this is not really family viewing. Toss it back to you, Kyra.
KYRA PHILLIPS: I know Susan Roesgen is having a hard time hearing me, but wow. That is the prime example of what we're following across the country there. Susan pointed out everything plain and clear of what she's dealing with.
Roesgen was debating the man, not doing an interview. She was spewing the Dems' talking points. Roesgen obviously came armed with her lines about tax credits and $50 billion in stimulus money for Illinois.
CNN was definitely out to advance the Obama party line.
According to TVNewser, a FOX spokesperson said in response, "Judging by their lack of ratings, everyone seems to be anti-CNN."
TVNewser reports that Shepard Smith referred to the incident.
"I've just learned it's Anti-CNN day. I know, right? I had no freakin' clue." Later: "Just a minute ago, that Susan Roesgen, from that CNN, that people used to watch a long time ago..." And still later: "Anti-CNN? Who's anti-CNN, settle down Susan! Come on girl." And even later: "Poor Susan Roesgen, nobody hates you, everybody ... we love the CNN. Relax everybody. Don't get your hate on."
And the official CNN response regarding Roesgen's comments, from spokesperson Christa Robinson:
"She was doing her job, and called it like she saw it."
I suppose she was doing her job, CNN-style: Roesgen bashed FOX and hard-working Americans.
Read the Left's reaction to Roesgen's segment, from Democratic Underground.
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